Canadian fundies slapped down – motion to reopen marriage debate defeated
La-dee-da, poor Conservative PM Stephen Harper and his band of wingnuts the vote wasn’t close. (CBC):
A motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate was easily defeated in Parliament on Thursday, as expected.
MPs voted 175-123 against the controversial motion tabled by the ruling Conservatives.
The motion had asked the government to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage without affecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages.
The wingers at the Canada Family Action Coalition are appalled, of course.
The head of the conservative Canada Family Action Coalition, Charles McVety, decried what he said were “secular fundamentalists” who had pushed through gay marriage without looking at possible effects on children, teachers and clergy.
“The people of Canada are not going to let this go, because marriage is too important an institution to just let it evaporate because of the emotions of a few people in Parliament,” he told a news conference.
I’m sure Harper is breathing a sigh of relief that the matter is off the table; the fundies will go back to the drawing board (or threaten to move here for the more politically hospitable climate).
Hat tip, Mark.